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bitterorca  ·  3049 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What is the saddest book you've read?

I'm reading Hardy's Tess of the D'urbervilles at the moment and it's frustratingly depressing. No character has made me madder than Angel Clare in any book I've read. Would you recommend Jude the Obscure?

ultra-musketeer  ·  3049 days ago  ·  link  ·  

If you're enjoying Tess, then I eagerly recommend reading Jude. The two books are a continuation of much of the same attitude, although their themes differ noticeably.

You could also try reading some of Hardy's earlier novels, which have more lively and humorous elements. Far From the Madding Crowd and The Trumpet-Major immediately spring to mind.